The neighborhood of Hayin Malam Bello in Rigasa, Igabi local government of Kaduna State on Sunday was thrown into mourning when a 20-year-old member of the community, Abdullahi Muhammad Sani died while trying to save a 21-year-old drowning lady.
The lady Farida Saminu who was on her way from a beautician shop, preparatory to her wedding slated for Friday, November 1, five days ahead was inside a Keke Napep alongside five others when the incident happened.
Fate struck when the Keke Napep driver refused to yield to the counsel of the passengers who told him not to pass on the Malam Bello bridge which was completely submerged in water following hours of torrential rainfall on the fateful Sunday.
Immediately he entered the water, the Keke Napep capsized and was swept away by the powerful waves which took away the lady who was unlucky to be the only one swept away by the water.
Without hesitation, Abdullahi Muhammad Sani, a roadside Keke Napep mechanic who watched the spectacle with awe, jumped into the river with the intent of rescuing the drowning hapless lady.
Eyewitnesses told FOMBINATIMES that initially, Sani came out of the water after he lost sight of the drowning lady but on sighting her again, he went back into the water to save her life.
An eyewitness told our reporter that on reaching her, the girl who was desperately looking for assistance grabbed Sani by the arms making him completely lose control as a result of which the wave swept both of them.
A friend of the deceased mechanic, Gambo Dauda who wears a sombre look and long face as a result of the tragedy told FOMBINATIMES that Sani has on many occasions saved people swept away by the river.
“Abdullahi Muhammad Sani has on many occasions saved people swept away by the waves. In fact, we had every hope that since he was around when the incident happened, the lady will come out alive but as God will have it, himself and the drowning lady didn’t come out alive.
“He is a very hard working and easy going fellow who took his job seriously making him one of the successful people here.
“We are all shocked and saddened by this unfortunate event but we take solace in the fact that the deceased is a God-fearing man who has touched many lives in little ways during his short but eventful life. May Allah accept his martyrdom,” Dauda said tearfully.
Also commenting, the Guardian of the deceased mechanic, Abdullahi Ali, attested to the good character of Sani noting that his death has left a very big vacuum that will be hard to fill.
“I took the boy from Jos since he was a toddler after his family was displaced in Jos crisis. When I brought him here, I took him to a mechanic shop in order to have a vocation and he happened to be a fast learner who succeeded in the vocation in a very short time.
“His doggedness, hard work and tenacity made him succeed very fast, right now, he has nearly completed building his personal house.
“We are deeply saddened by this development though Allah who created him knows best,” he said.